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Comparative International Management

2nd Edition

By Niels Noorderhaven, Carla Koen, Arndt Sorge


472 pages | 20 B/W Illus.

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The use of comparisons to explain, analyze and understand social and economic phenomena is recognized as a valuable social science tool. This textbook deals with the differences in management and organization between nations and their effects on multinational enterprises.

In comparing management practice across the world, the authors cover themes such as national cultures, diversity and globalization. Students are guided through the key business disciplines, providing a broad introduction to the field and including truly global coverage.

With student and instructor friendly resources such as chapter summaries, mini-case scenarios, larger case studies and power-point slides, this book is core reading for students of international business and international management.


'For understanding management differences across cultures, there is no substitute for personal international experience. Academic literature on the subject too often resembles mediaeval scholastic disputes. The editors and authors of the present book have set themselves to inform future practitioners, for which they should be complimented.' - Geert Hofstede, Professor Emeritus, Maastricht University, The Netherlands

'This is a welcome and well integrated textbook on comparative international management, which is very much needed for degrees and courses in international business. It provides balanced arguments and evidence about the importance of universalistic and particularistic approaches to management across societal boundaries and presents a systematic framework for integrating the considerable literature on comparative management, including studies of organisations in Asia and Africa. It will be particularly useful for students on advanced undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.' - Richard Whitley, Professor of Organizational Sociology, Manchester Business School, University of Manchester, UK

Table of Contents

1. Introduction to the Approaches in Comparative International Management 2.National Cultures and Management – The Etic Perspective 3. National Cultures and Management – The Emic Perspective 4. Institutional Diversity and Management 5. Managing Resources: Human resource management (Ayse Saka-Helmhout) 6. Comparative Corporate Governance (Ilir Haxhi) 7. Managing Resources: Operations management 8. Managing Resources: A national innovation system 9. Multinational Corporations: Structural, cultural and strategic issues 10. Networks and Clusters of Economic Activity (Sjoerd Beugelsdijk) 11. Interdependencies, Harmonization and Societal Specificity 12. Integrative Case: Airlines – A global Industry and exemplary enterprises

About the Authors

Arndt Sorge is Professor at Social Science Research Center Berlin, Germany

Niels Noorderhaven is Professor at Tilburg University, Netherlands

Carla Koen is Professor at TIAS School for Business and Society, Netherlands

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / International / Economics